Understanding Egg Labels 101

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 Understanding Egg Labels 101

Read how much healthier pastured eggs are than caged up hens eggs. Not rocket science, we all know this, but good to be reminded!

 

Some nice recipes at the bottom like this one.

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 Araucana eggs should be shared as "Green eggs and ham" put some as a centerpiece on the table to show they are green. Smiling

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My Mom got some of the green ones in California one year and brought the blown out shells back. The kids took them to school with Dr Seus' book for Show & Tell. I think I still have them!

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Check out my Easter eggs, fresh from my hens.... no dyes needed for these and we get them year round. 

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Those eggs are absolutely gorgeous!!!   The color alone makes all your hard work with your "girls" worth every minute.  How in the world do you even crack such a beautiful work of nature?  

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Those are FANTASTIC!!!!

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My 'egg lady' returned last week. Price went up from $1.75 to $2/dzn, but I don't mind one bit. They're wonderful eggs, and she delivers them to me each Thursday. This is a widowed lady who keeps chickens and cleans houses to try and make ends meet. Happy to help her out while at the same time we benefit, too.

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

My 'egg lady' returned last week. Price went up from $1.75 to $2/dzn, but I don't mind one bit. They're wonderful eggs, and she delivers them to me each Thursday. This is a widowed lady who keeps chickens and cleans houses to try and make ends meet. Happy to help her out while at the same time we benefit, too.

Here in Charlottesville I pay $3 and pick them up at work. At the Farmer's Market they are between $3.50 and $4.

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

My 'egg lady' returned last week. Price went up from $1.75 to $2/dzn, but I don't mind one bit. They're wonderful eggs, and she delivers them to me each Thursday. This is a widowed lady who keeps chickens and cleans houses to try and make ends meet. Happy to help her out while at the same time we benefit, too.

Holy cow, buy those eggs. Farm eggs here are $3.50/dz. (And everyone wonders why I worry about the price of food, well, there it is. Grocery store eggs are more than your farm eggs!)

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 Charlottesville is more open. They just allowed goats in town now. There are regulations, but at least they are letting families have chickens and goats now.

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Here is something (sort of on topic) about pink slime ground beef - in our roanoke paper today. Interesting point that one commenter makes about it being safer to eat unknown meat at a farmer's market then the gvmt regulated meat.  Also in the article stating that the green slime meat may be safer than the non green slime. So there ya go EAT UP EVERYONE!

Ps for those healthy people who want turkey sausage - there is a little note about that in there too.

 http://blogs.roanoke.com/fridgemagnet/2012/03/is-ground-beef-safer-with-or-without-pink-slime/

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You need a rooster to encourage them to lay, but not everyone likes fertilized eggs, plus a heat lamp in winter to keep them popping them out.  We never had an overabundance and that was BEFORE owning a B&B. You might need a whole barnyard full for B&B use. haha

Guinea Hens are what you need to eat ticks (I actually wrote a blog article about it as I kept seeing them around here and wondered why). 

It's all fun. Even stinky chickens.  

 

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You need a rooster to encourage them to lay...

We let about 2 batches of eggs hatch each year, so we always have young hens coming on, and too many roosters. We would never eat a pet, so give the extras away. Apparently there are fellow Arkansawyers who don't mind eating pets.

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You might need a whole barnyard full for B&B use.

Yes, our dozen hens barely produce enough to feed just the 5 of us. But it would be nice to offer them to guests when you have some (regulations permitting).

Like K., we have city regulations against farm animals in town. But here that's ignored unless a neighbor complains. We're inside the city but in the middle of 40 acres of fields and woods , so we're a long way from the neighbors.

We got guineas to combat ticks. Guineas aren't very smart and will just stand there and let something eat them. We tried several times but could never get guineas to last more than a week here. (we never put them in a pen). 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

You need a rooster to encourage them to lay...

We let about 2 batches of eggs hatch each year, so we always have young hens coming on, and too many roosters. We would never eat a pet, so give the extras away. Apparently there are fellow Arkansawyers who don't mind eating pets.

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You might need a whole barnyard full for B&B use.

We got guineas to combat ticks. Guineas aren't very smart and will just stand there and let something eat them. We tried several times but could never get guineas to last more than a week here. (we never put them in a pen). 

Okay so the rest of the story when I see the Guineas I usually see peacocks as well.  That is probably how they last more than a week.

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My cousin lives out in the country and mostly to amuse her grand daughter she let several dozen eggs hatch in an old incubator she found at a rummage sale. Then she had to take over her mother's chickens ( got to be too much work for her 95 year old mother).

She has figured out how to put the chicken coop on wheels and it moves around from place to place. The roosters for the most part are now in the freezer. My problem is that she has an egg surplus. If I ask for two dozen I get 6 dozen. It's a good problem though because I give eggs to a friend who gives me home made soap in exchange.

These Indiana chickens are definitely carnivores. They can snatch horseflies right out of the air. The chickens are allowed out of their coop during the day. Unfortunately, they also get into her vegetable garden and even her pear trees.

Every season she figures out a new solution to one of her chicken related problems. This year she's working on keeping them out of the produce!

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That chicken coop on wheels (and moving other livestock from one area to another) is one of the points raised in Michael Pollen's book about sustainable farming. One of the farmers he interviewed moved the cows into the pasture for x weeks and they fertilize the heck out of it. Which brings the flies, which brings the larva and then he moves the chickens into that pasture and the cows move on. It's operated on a big circle with the animals moving around in pie-shaped areas. No livestock is in the field long enough to destroy it and when they get back to it again (moving in a circle) the grass has grown back.

I imagine it's a lot harder than it sounds, but it sounds like a great idea.

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Joel Salatin (Virginia) is a big part of the sustainable farming movement, often refered to as UHD, Ultra High Density Grazing.  It is a lot of work in that a great deal of planning must go into the rotation process, but once you have a routine it works very well.  Especially when you have grazers of different types; goats eat different forage than cows, and the chickens are the clean up crew.  Amazingly natural and sustainable, some farmers have reduced their winter hay feed to less than 10% of previous years, and have been able to eliminate the manure pond/pile completely, making the whole farm much nicer (smelling).

It is a wonderfully natural process and so simple, one which I will be implementing on my Farm Stay.  And you have happy critters!!!!

 

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Joel Salatin (Virginia) is a big part of the sustainable farming movement, often refered to as UHD, Ultra High Density Grazing.  It is a lot of work in that a great deal of planning must go into the rotation process, but once you have a routine it works very well.  Especially when you have grazers of different types; goats eat different forage than cows, and the chickens are the clean up crew.  Amazingly natural and sustainable, some farmers have reduced their winter hay feed to less than 10% of previous years, and have been able to eliminate the manure pond/pile completely, making the whole farm much nicer (smelling).

It is a wonderfully natural process and so simple, one which I will be implementing on my Farm Stay.  And you have happy critters!!!!

 

He is a very interesting person and his farm is not far from here. Interesting to note, he used to book tours of his farm. Had the same problems we have! 

He is still running tours for kids (schools, it appears, know how to book and arrive in a timely manner)

He still allows "self guided tours"

But when he tried to run PAID tours look at what happened - it appears that people wanted to have him tour them but not pay for it - sound familiar????

GUIDED TOURS: Polyface no longer offers the two hour $500 personal tours like we did last year. Frankly, these have been more trouble than they are worth. Last minute cancellations and haranguing about the price have made these problematic. We don’t know of another farm in America, or perhaps the world, that offers the kind of open-door policy and transparency anyone can freely enjoy at Polyface. That people routinely accuse us of being secretive, elitist, and mercenary because we charge for education-dense explanatory escorted tours shows a lack of appreciation and understanding. As a result, we will discontinue this service until we can settle on a price, personnel, and logistics that can make these guided tours an enjoyable experience. Thank you and we look forward to serving you in one of our other venues.

 

 

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Everyone want something for nothing, until it comes to their somethings!

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Our chickens are scared to death of insects. When we catch a grasshopper or something and pitch it in pen, the chickens run as far away as they can get, and stay there!

They would be great though as a miniature version of agritourism, to let city folk feel like they're really on a farm. There are a lot of interesting chickens available with amazing feathering and coloring.

It took us years to perfect a pen that the preditors can't get into. Wire buried deep into the ground so they can't dig under, chicken wire on top so they can't come in from above. Still have occasional problems with black snakes getting eggs.

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 We did the same, buried chicken wire under ground on a post 2 feet down, covered said coop with chicken wire, we would lose more than we kept. Everything wanted those chooks! Not just the eggs.  Yeah, all in all it was way expensive to have chickens. Way more than it was worth, but it was fun for that stage of our lives when we were tree hugging the Northwest.  

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We have about a dozen hens. I can tell you the egg output is way below the feed consumption. So they cost us more than they save us. They're in a large pen (about 40 ft. x 40 ft.) which they have completely denuded of any vegetation. We can't let them out in the yard or the dogs would do them in. Plus when they ARE out, they scratch up all the landscaping.

In summer we rake up grass clippings for them, but most of the year they live on chicken feed and table scraps. The eggs are tasty (only for our family) but they only produce well for a few months of the year, and production drops off as the hens get older.

It's a nice hobby if you have spare time, but they're not cheap and not trouble-free. Also, when the wind's blowing the right direction from the chicken pen, there's a little odor involved.

Anybody want to buy a dozen hens? I've about talked myself into getting rid of them!

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 Ours will roam during the day - they eat bugs - so great to get rid of ticks and such. My brother in law has them and their dogs know to leave them alone.

I pay $3 - $4 per dozen farm fresh here - will have to see about what the cost feeding is.

We would like to have them just because we like animals too...but DH will have to build a great coop off the ground to keep the foxes away. I like the ones that were designed in England that look like they are on a giant wheelbarrow off the ground so that you can move them around.

Would be great to have them in the vineyard to dine on the Japanese beetles when they come around...

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Would be great to have them in the vineyard to dine on the Japanese beetles when they come around...

RIki

I've never found them to like the beetles, but they will eat the grubs before they become the beetles Smiling

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The great thing about our situation is that all we have to do is buy the chics and the feed and he'll take care of them. I just had a long conversation with him and we're going to go for it. We'll get 8  Rhode Island Reds on April 4th. We're not doing it to save money, but I think it'll be great to at least suppliment our store bought supply with these fresh ones and it fits our rural b&b brand and eco-friendly marketing. A few dozen fresh eggs a week would be wonderful!

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

The great thing about our situation is that all we have to do is buy the chics and the feed and he'll take care of them. I just had a long conversation with him and we're going to go for it. We'll get 8  Rhode Island Reds on April 4th.

RI Reds are a great choice! I raised them for years. I also added in a few Barred Rocks here and there. Last year, I found a breed called Golden Buffs or Golden Comets- they are amazing. Slightly smaller bird, but more uniform egg size. And early producer. The RI Reds and Barred Rocks usually were 20-24 weeks to maturity for me. These new ones were 15-17. Steady egg layers all thru the winter and so mild tempered! We have one who has adopted us. Whenever we are outside, she runs up to us and will walk alongside us. She loves it when we are out splitting firewood- even with the wood splitter going. She scavenges for grubs and worms and goodies from under the logs we are splitting!

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round here we have several egg people who are certified and have free range hens (you can go and see them if you like) yokes are amazing huge and yellow.

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We're considering buying some chicks to start having our own eggs. Our neighbor across the road has a hen house with no hens and in talks with him he's willing to keep the hens if we buy the feed. Of course he can have eggs too, but as a single guy, that's not many eggs!

Do any of you have your own chickens? Do you have to inform your b&b insurance carrier that you're providing home grown eggs?

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

We're considering buying some chicks to start having our own eggs. Our neighbor across the road has a hen house with no hens and in talks with him he's willing to keep the hens if we buy the feed. Of course he can have eggs too, but as a single guy, that's not many eggs!

Do any of you have your own chickens? Do you have to inform your b&b insurance carrier that you're providing home grown eggs?

We purchased our first chicks last Feb.  We have Black Sexlinks, Road Island Reds and some Ameraucana.  The Black Sexlinks and RI Reds lay brown eggs with the RI the most consistant layers.  The Ameraucana's are Easter Eggers... so we are ready for the holiday all year long.  Lots of our guests go out to meet the ladies.  DH has built them their own fortress so to speak with a hen house, raised covered pen and a fully fenced yard. 

The eggs have a rich flavor and are much heathier than store bought.  It is not about the price, it is about providing a heathier choice.  And a little something to cluck about on your blog too.

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We have a City Ordinance that says NO farm animals and lists chickens, cows, horses, goats, and pigs in City Limits.

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 We plan to have our own as soon as I can quit my day job soon. I don't think we have any special regs - there is another B&B in the area that lets the guests go out and collect the eggs and cook their own breakfast - more of what I would consider a "home stay".

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 We get our eggs locally either from a lady at my workplace or the farmers market. They taste so much better than those from the store.

I personally would trust a local egg before a grocery store egg. They have recalls on a regular basis for food so often.

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egoodell wrote:

 We get our eggs locally either from a lady at my workplace or the farmers market. They taste so much better than those from the store.

I personally would trust a local egg before a grocery store egg. They have recalls on a regular basis for food so often.

Riki

a local person with a family who feeds their chooks and collects and sells a few eggs, vs those disgusting henneries (sp?) with diseased and dead caged animals half the time. Oh yeah, I am with ya! 

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 We were so excited to find a local woman who would sell us eggs for the Inn.  I have been wanting to use as much local produce & such as possible.  However, as soon as we struck an agreement over price, frequency & delivery, she calls me back and said that she found out that she can't sell to "restaurants".  I never thought about her needing to be inspected, certified, blessed, whatever... such a shame!  

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The premise, I believe, is that you can contaminate yourself but not the guests. So, farmers markets are out unless the person selling has been inspected.

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 I like to buy local as much as any one else. But when I did, I found them to be inferior to what I could get elsewhere so  I choose more carefully now and am not unfortunately buying as much local as I used to.  If they don't care about their quality control, then they aren't getting my business.

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Dena wrote:

 We were so excited to find a local woman who would sell us eggs for the Inn.  I have been wanting to use as much local produce & such as possible.  However, as soon as we struck an agreement over price, frequency & delivery, she calls me back and said that she found out that she can't sell to "restaurants".  I never thought about her needing to be inspected, certified, blessed, whatever... such a shame!  

Yep, that is an issue. I had encountered that on the forum when I mentioned it and was told they are not inspected and approved and the funny part was I was buying them from a man who worked (works) for the USDA!  He thought it was absurd. 

But you aren't a restaurant, are you? You can buy them from someone else then!

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